Concern for Bowman following suspected ACL injury.
The San Francisco 49ers were denied the chance of an immediate return to the Super Bowl following their 23-17 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday night.
Richard Sherman’s late heroics ensured the CenturyLink Field erupted after it was confirmed that the Seahawks would be heading to New York on February 2.
Having won their conference with the best record in the league this year, it will be the second time in 20 years that the Super Bowl will see the top two seeds do battle, while Peyton Manning’s offense with the Denver Broncos against the defense of Seattle promises to be a thrilling encounter.
Sherman made the headlines for his post-game comments regarding 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree, but there was a sense of heartbreak for the San Francisco players who came bitterly close to securing a huge third consecutive road win in the playoffs.
“It’s tough. Any time you get this close to the Super Bowl and lose, it’s pretty upsetting,” tight end Vernon Davis said, according to ESPN.
“We just didn’t get it. We’ve been down this road before in the same kind of situation. It’s hard.”
49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick produced a solid performance which appeared to be leading his team forward after a strong first-half showing.
However, the Seahawks fought back and sealed the win while there was concern for All-Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman who sustained a knee injury and was carted off midway through a huge game where he had forced a fumble at the San Francisco 1, but Marshawn Lynch recovered.
“I never heard him yell like that, or even stay down for a moment,” teammate Patrick Willis said.
Coach Jim Harbaugh said after the game that it appeared as though it was a torn ACL, and so the 49ers must now regroup over the off-season and look forward to going again next year.